Jack the Boogey is My Real NameBy Davon and Chase Washington
Illustrated by Ana-Gabriela Stroe
2014, Bedford House Books
What if the Boogeyman isn't the scary monster we all expect him to be? What if his bad reputation is all part of a big misunderstanding? That's exactly the premise behind Jack the Boogey is My Real Name by Davon and Chase Washington, and it's a refreshing take on the classic haunt.
Jack the Boogey introduces himself with the intention of explaining who he really he and why he's been so misunderstood. He's really a good guy, who has children's best interests at heart and earned his bad reputation keeping the real monsters of the world at bay. If your child has a fear of the dark, this is a perfect remedy to what they imagine is lurking in the shadows. It could provide some peace of mind. It is a great bedtime book.
Ana-Gabriela Stoe does an excellent job portraying Jack as a cuddly, non-threatening protector of children in the colorful illustrations. Besides the lovable, adorable illustrations, Jack the Boogey promotes the moral of taking the high road and continuing to do good things, even if no one notices. Any parent can stand behind this idea.
My little one and I thoroughly enjoyed the story (he made me read it twice as soon as I took it out of the package and I had to distract him with Monsters University to get away to write a review), but the real treat to me was stashed in the cover blurb hidden away in the back of the book. It's written by Davon Washington and his son, Chase. Davon wanted to help young Chase understand how much work and effort went into providing the nice things he had, so he let Chase make this a project in which they could collaborate and Chase could get an idea of the value of hard work. To me, that's the best part of the story!
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